The kimono is a Japanese traditional garment worn by men, women and children. They are T-shaped like a robe and worn so that the sleeves fall to the wrist and the hem to the ankles. The kimono is secured by wrapping a wide decorative belt-like sash called an obi around the waist, which is tied at the back. It is generally worn with traditional footwear called tabi (split-toe socks).
Different types of kimono are worn depending on the time, place, occasion and age. The kurotomesode (black kimono patterned only below the waistline) are worn by married woman on formal occasions such as weddings, and furisode (long-sleeved kimono patterned with bright colors) are worn by unmarried women on formal occasions such as coming-of-age ceremonies and graduations. In any case, today, kimono are most often worn on special occasions, especially by women on ceremonial occasions. The price depends on the material and decoration. If you are looking for a quality kimono, you can find them at Kyoto and Kanazawa where they are made, with prices ranging from tens of thousands of yen to a few million yen. If you’re looking for more affordable kimonos, Asakusa in Tokyo is the place to look. They’re reasonably priced from a few thousand yen. Yukata are casual kimono for summer use. Made with cotton or synthetic fabric, yukata breath well and cost a few thousand yen. Both men and women wear them at summer events such as festivals and fireworks shows. As just described, kimono are worn on different occasions and come in a variety of colors and designs. Either it be gorgeous kimonos with flower patterns or geometric designs, or simple blue ones (mostly worn by men), you will surely find a kimono that suits you well out of the wide variety of choices available.
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